Welcome back to reality!! Christmas was so much fun. Family, time off, decorating the house and the tree, seeing old friends. Six weeks I took off from Ironman training. The first 3, I didn't miss it. I was so tired. I enjoyed waking up on a Saturday morning and walking my golden retriever down to Starbucks for a coffee and a good read of the Saturday paper. I had a blast exchanging gifts and helping my parents shop for their teenage grandchildren at stores they have NEVER set foot in let alone heard of!! It was all wonderful.
January 1st arrived...and it was like a switch clicked off in my head. Back to reality. Back to the pursuit of a dream. Its time to open up that "Workout Bank Account"!! Its that account I put all the days of training: the long rides, the long runs and those thousands of laps and open water swims. The theory is...you make a BIG withdrawal on race day in the hope that you have enough to get you through the day. The "bank account" showed a zero balance ... until today.
I think I will remember today's run workout as I make my way through the marathon portion of the Ironman. I think the discomfort I felt in those first few minutes of running after so much time away will probably feel similar to some of the run in the Ironman. It was awful. You lose alot of fitness by taking time off. I have lost more than I thought.
But its not all gloom and doom. Its simple. Everything gets better from here. Yes. I know. I am going to have some really bad days and Ill have some amazing days of training, but its all on the upswing from here.
A 1 hour run workout directly followed by a strength and agility workout with Hector made me one sore and tired puppy. Agility!! Yeah right. Not something I have alot of...but again...its all part of the process!!!
It all gets better from here!!!